"I come from proud a family that has been involved with public service for as long as I can remember. I want to work for you. We need to create more living wage jobs, improve our schools, and make public safety a priority - especially getting guns off the streets, a top priority. With nearly a decade of government experience, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the complicated governmental agencies, and get things done."
LIST OF ISSUES
Luckily we live in a state that believes people count, people should be treated fairly, people deserve to be happy. Our national example of equality has taken a bit of a hit, and I do think the current administration could learn valuable lessons from spending time in our state! There are still pockets of racism, sexism, and other problems especially with LGBTQIA+ youth, but for the most part we can say that we do well at treating each other fairly. I will outline how I stand on some hot button topics.
Did you realize that 70% of Utahns believe that the ERA should be passed Federally? Growing up I was taught the ERA was very bad for women. I recently delved into some research about the ERA. Did you know that it was drafted in 1923, by Alice Paul. Alice Paul was a famous suffragette, who was instrumental in getting women the ability to vote. The amendment is only 24 words long, and actually used Utah’s constitution as a template. You would think it would be a no brainer, and would have been passed back in the 1970s or sooner! However, there was a concerted effort to undermine the movement. Much disinformation was told to us about the ERA. Women in Utah have the biggest gender pay gap in the nation. Women still struggle for equality whether it is in the home, work or military forces. I want my daughter to have the same advantages as my son. If she decides a career in the military, I want her to be free to lodge complaints of sexual harassment. Right now many rights of women have been rolled back. The burden of proof is on the woman when she makes a claim of harassment. These kinds of issues could be dealt with on the Federal level in Courts if we had the amendment. Study the amendment for yourself and see what you find out!
Black Lives Matter seems to be on everyone’s minds lately for good reason! Again, when things got complicated when George Floyd was murdered, I took to educating myself. I came to understand that much of what I had been taught about Black History was only part of the story. White people have tried to erase Black History. It really was a concerted effort to conceal and erase. Whatever the reason it has resulted in systemic racism and a deep racial divide that needs healing. I do believe the only way to heal this divide is to acknowledge the harm. Make changes in our daily lives that reflect how we say and do things. Educate ourselves and our children to what has happened to our Black friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters. Always being mindful that we need to heal this relationship and it will take time. Peaceful demonstrations need to be supported. If we change, if we elevate Black and Brown voices, acknowledge the harm, and strive to institute hiring practices, we just might achieve neighborhoods that reflect our values like equality, freedom and fairness. I have learned a lot of ways to bring attention to these issues and in being an ally. I hope to incorporate my ideas in the house to enable us all to love our neighbors more.
The other equality issue I want to address is the LGBTQIA+ population. The suicide rate of these kids is much higher than the normal population. We know that having a family, friends and community that are inclusive and supportive make all the difference. I found this out personally when one of my kids had a mental crisis, and out of that discovered his identity. This is something that is very personal, and almost sacred to me. The old narrative just does not work in these situations.I realized that it was nothing I did that caused this. My child loved church and was very faithful. The bottom line is that we love each other and allow each other to follow the path that gives them happiness. Our children may be very different from my generation, but I have learned to embrace that and be so grateful for all the lessons my kids have given me. My children are my main motivating factor for wanting to run for our state legislator. I feel it is my duty as a mother to try to affect society to try to make it a better, more loving and safe world to live in.
Clean air, we all want that right? But are we really willing to change things so that our kids and grand kids can live in a clean beautiful world? I mean we only get one Earth! It really is important, and I guess that is why I love the Green Deal! The Green Deal is proposing to ween the US off our dependence of fossil fuels, it guarantees new jobs, higher paying jobs, all while avoiding the catastrophic consequences of our very unhealthy air quality. Our air is some of the worst in the nation. I have a friend that has asthma, and can’t even go outside during the bad days. A research study determined that the US economy will lose billions of dollars by the end of the century if we ignore the problems knocking at the door. Personally there are a lot of countries doing a much better job of this than we are. Can we learn from them? Can we adapt or are we going to continue making the same mistakes over and over again.
What are we doing to ensure that all students are receiving a high quality education? A growing body of research is showing that increased spending on education leads to better outcomes. We are the very last in spending per child. Just as a comparison Wyoming spends 17,000 per student, as opposed to Utah that spends around 5,700 per student. This especially is an area that we do not want to cut. Many students rely on the educational system for meals, and much more. Investing in early childhood education can be instrumental in low income or in special needs kids. Cutting funding to schools is extremely shortsighted. Well educated children leads to better income in our state. Funding can come from unique sources, they do not always need to come from Taxes. Pairing schools with businesses can help raise community support for local schools. Taxes on luxury items or liquor could be going to the education fund. It is critical that the funds are there so that programs like ESL or reading programs don't get cut. Currently many reading programs and ESL have been discontinued leaving the burden on a teacher with too many students, and not enough time. Special education needs to be tailored to each individual student. We need better pay if we want top educators. There also needs to be accountability by school districts. There needs to be oversight to ensure that money is getting to where it needs to go, not to an administrator. Educational opportunities are critical to the health of the US economy. Studies show that there is a direct correlation between Gross National Product and educational outcomes. Strong schools equal a strong community, equals a strong state.
Social Justice is a vital part of my campaign. I really would like to see reform in several areas. First off Political reform, I believe, to be essential if we are ever to see campaigns and politicians be as honest and trustworthy as possible. I do believe the way we have set up campaigning with support from special interests and Lobbyists which attracts people of a certain type to the job. State legislators, and Federal should be qualified but also be above reproach. A website that deserves a lot of attention is http://followthemoney.org This website records how much and to whom funds are given. I would like to change this. I think the money that these companies give to politicians could be better used in other areas. Or perhaps a general fund that is given to all lawmakers evenly when campaigning. I know this idea would not be popular, but I really do feel we need to do something soon. I also believe that Judges and Police need training on racial issues, LGBTQIA+, and violence against women. I also think we need to look at laws that are harming minorities, and what we can do today to make lasting change. Lastly I would like to see reforms in our prisons. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear from voters!
Every ten years, after the census, lawmakers get to the task of redistricting. This is something I feel cannot, and should never be in the hands of politicians. I believe the people should be in charge of how redistricting boundaries are best for them, not the lawmakers! (I also believe voters should have a say in this when it comes to Federal politicians as well) We all remember voting on proposition 4, and for some reason it goes to our lawmakers and it becomes something the voters would never approve of. Utah lawmakers wanted to delete language barring an independent commission from determining voter mapping. Why ever would they not want an independent commission to decide something they know full well they cannot be unbiased about. Voters need to find out what their elected officials believe when it comes to redistricting, and vote accordingly. We must be vigilant to keep elected officials from rigging the electoral game, because this can determine who a winner is. It is vitally important that unbiased individuals are in charge of boundaries, this is the will of the people!